Legal affairs Minister Kazembe: By-elections will not be banned. This follows reports that the ZANU PF-led government has made a pact with the smaller MDC faction to form a unity government after a Supreme Court ruling handed over the reins of the opposition party to Thokozani Khupe.
Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi on Tuesday said that the government does not have plans to postpone the holding of by-elections indefinitely.
Ziyambi said by-elections are a constitutional requirement and the government has to ensure that they are held when they are due. He said: By-elections are a constitutional requirement and if a seat is vacant, we have to hold them because someone can make a court application to challenge that we did not hold them as stipulated by the Constitution and so we have to find the money to hold the by-elections.
Ziyambi dismissed reports that the government intends to amend the Constitution to do away with by-elections. Said Ziyambi:
It is not true that Zanu PF is planning to amend the Constitution to ban by-elections because the Constitutional Amendment (No 2) Bill is before Parliament and there is no clause to ban by-elections.
The Constitution is a sacred document and it cannot be amended willy-nilly, but rumour mongers always create fake news. Earlier this month, the MDC-T recalled MDC Alliance MPs and the National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda declared the three seats vacant.
Source – Pindula News
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